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    • Giants continue to show interest in Shields
      Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Giants were exploring a "wide-range" of pitching options, including James Shields.

      Advice: The Giants were in on Jon Lester last month and continue to search for a big-name starter to fill out their rotation. The team met with Shields last week and according to Rosenthal, continues to show interest. The Giants have also been attached to Max Scherzer, though it's reasonable to assume that Scherzer might be beyond their price range if he really is seeking a $200 million deal. Rotoworld.com
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    • Red Sox acquire RHP Varvaro from Braves
      Red Sox acquired RHP Anthony Varvaro from the Braves for RHP Aaron Kurcz and cash considerations.

      Advice: Varvaro was designated for assignment by the Braves several days ago. He's been a solid bullpen contributor, posting a 2.99 ERA over 153 appearances in the last four seasons. In 2014, he put up a 2.63 ERA. He should serve as a quality arm and supply the Red Sox with a nice depth piece. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:18 am
    • Siegrist throws from 60 feet in rehab
      Fox Sports' Jim Hayes reports that Kevin Siegrist was "feeling really good" after throwing from 60 feet this week.

      Advice: Siegrist is in the process of rehabbing from various injuries to his throwing arm. The lefty is still a 25-year-old with talent, but the injury-marred 2014 campaign resulted in poor numbers, as he posted a 6.82 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 37 appearances. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:59 am
    • Harvey may be held out until home opener
      Mets manager Terry Collins told the New York Post that in order to conserve innings, Matt Harvey might not pitch until the team's first home game.

      Advice: The Mets' home opener falls on April 13th. Harvey's recovering from Tommy John surgery, having missed the 2014 season. While he's expected to be fully healthy for the 2015 campaign, the team would like to limit his innings and keeping him under wraps until the home opener would work toward that cause. It's also possible that they skip a few starts throughout the season. In 2013, Harvey struck out 191 in 178+ innings while posting a 2.27 ERA. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:01 am
    • Albers reportedly still weighing options
      Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca writes that LHP Andrew Albers has not yet made a decision on where he plans on signing.

      Advice: This counteracts a report from late Tuesday night by Robert Murray, which indicated that Albers had signed a contract with the Blue Jays. Nicholson-Smith wrote that talks of a signed contract were "premature." Albers spent 2014 with the Hanwha Eagles of Korea, but the club declined his 2015 option. The 29-year-old posted a 4.05 ERA in 2013 for the Twins. He may well end up signing with the Blue Jays, but it's not set in stone quite yet. Rotoworld.com
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    • Blue Jays ink Albers to minors deal
      Blue Jays signed LHP Andrew Albers to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The deal presumably includes an invitation to spring training. Albers, 29, posted a 4.05 ERA over 10 starts for the Twins in 2013 before spending last season in Korea. He's merely organizational depth. Rotoworld.com
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    • Dodgers place Brandon League on trade block
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are talking to teams about a trade involving Brandon League.

      Advice: Rosenthal says that the Dodgers are willing to eat almost half of League's $7.5 million salary for next season in order to move him. League is coming off a nice season, having posted a 2.57 ERA over 63 appearances, so he could draw some interest with the Dodgers paying down part of his contract. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:44 pm
    • Nick Maronde designated for assignment
      Indians designated LHP Nick Maronde for assignment.

      Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Gavin Floyd. Acquired from the Angels via trade in July, Maronde held a 7.24 ERA while walking 38 over 41 frames in the minors last season. Rotoworld.com
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    • Indians GM: Gavin Floyd will be in rotation
      Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Tuesday that the newly-signed Gavin Floyd has a spot in the rotation locked up.

      Advice: It's not a surprise, but it's nice to have some clarity. Antonetti said that Floyd will join Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer in the rotation, leaving Danny Salazar, T.J. House, Zach McAllister and Josh Tomlin to battle for the final spot in spring training. Salazar has to be considered the favorite. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:28 pm
    • O's to sign Wesley Wright to one-year deal
      Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the Orioles have agreed to a one-year contract with Wesley Wright.

      Advice: There's no word yet on the financials of the deal. The O's had been on the lookout for left-handed relief help and Wright should do the job, as he holds a 3.25 ERA while striking out nearly a batter per inning since the beginning of the 2011 season. Rotoworld.com
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    • Padres finalize 1-yr, $2.5M deal with Morrow
      Padres signed RHP Brandon Morrow to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

      Advice: Morrow can earn up to $5 million in performance-based bonuses if he's starting and up to $1 million if he's in a relief role. The 30-year-old right-hander was limited to 33 1/3 innings this past season in Toronto because of a finger injury, but he's flashed dominance at times over the course of his eight-year major league career. This could become a good bargain for the Friars. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:53 pm
    • Indians ink Gavin Floyd to one-year contract
      Indians signed RHP Gavin Floyd to a one-year, $4 million contract.

      Advice: Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish says the deal includes $6 million in performance-based bonuses. Floyd was limited to nine starts in 2014 due to a fractured olecranon in his right elbow. He also underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in 2013. But the expectation is that Floyd will be fully healthy by the start of the 2015 season, and there's a chance he'll wind up being a nice addition for the Tribe. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:16 pm
    • McGee to start 2015 on DL after elbow surgery
      Jake McGee underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow last Friday and is expected to begin the 2015 season on the disabled list.

      Advice: Ouch. McGee had a loose body removed from the elbow and the Rays won't have a clear timetable on his return until the spring. It's too bad, as the 28-year-old is coming off an excellent season where he posted a 1.89 ERA with 19 saves and a 90/16 K/BB ratio over 71 1/3 innings. The Rays figure to give Ernesto Frieri a shot at the closer role to begin 2015, but Brad Boxberger and Kevin Jepsen could also be in the mix. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:40 am
    • Rays acquire Jepsen from Angels
      Rays acquired RHP Kevin Jepsen from the Angels for OF/DH Matt Joyce.

      Advice: Jepsen is coming off a career-best season where he posted a 2.63 ERA and 75/23 K/BB ratio in 65 innings across 74 appearances. MLB Trade Rumors projects that he'll make around $2.6 million in 2015, his final year of arbitration eligibility. The 30-year-old should be a useful addition for the back-end of the bullpen for Tampa Bay. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:38 am
    • Dodgers finalize contract with RHP McCarthy
      Dodgers signed RHP Brandon McCarthy to a four-year, $48 million contract.

      Advice: The two sides reached an agreement last week and now the deal is official. McCarthy was fantastic down the stretch for the Yankees this season, posting a 2.89 ERA and 82/13 K/BB ratio over 90 1/3 innings. His injury history makes him a risk, but he'll have a good chance to repeat those numbers with a move over to the National League and a pitcher-friendly home ballpark. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:52 am
    • White Sox agree to deal with Brad Penny
      Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the White Sox have reached an agreement with right-hander Brad Penny on a minor league deal.

      Advice: After sitting out the 2013 season, the 36-year-old Penny made it back to the majors this year with the Marlins and struggled to the tune of a 6.58 ERA over eight appearances. He'll provide some rotation depth in the spring. Rotoworld.com
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    • Yankees not expected to be in on Scherzer
      Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York hears that the Yankees are "absolutely not" in on free agent right-hander Max Scherzer.

      Advice: Some have suspected that the Yankees are lying on the weeds in the situation, but they appear to be setting their sights a bit lower in free agency. The market for Scherzer has been suspiciously quiet so far this winter, but he's intent on landing a contract around $200 million. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:20 am
       
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    • Morrow's deal with Padres worth $2.5M
      Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that Brandon Morrow's one-year contract with the Padres carries a $2.5 million guarantee.

      Advice: Morrow will have the chance to earn $5 million in bonuses for starting and $1 million for relieving, which gives the Padres some flexibility about his role for 2015. The 30-year-old threw just 33 1/3 innings for the Blue Jays this past season due to a finger injury. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:27 am
    • Padres, Brandon Morrow agree on one-year deal
      Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that the Padres and right-hander Brandon Morrow have agreed to a one-year contract, pending a physical.

      Advice: No word yet on the exact terms involved, but FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that the Padres had offered around $2.5 million plus incentives. Injuries have limited the 30-year-old to just 87 2/3 innings over the past two seasons, but he's immensely talented and PETCO Park is a nice place to attempt to rebuild his value. He'll presumably get a chance to win a rotation spot with the Padres, especially if they end up moving an arm for another bat. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:28 am
    • Brad Penny to make a decision this week
      Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Brad Penny has narrowed his choices to three teams and will make a decision later this week.

      Advice: That he has three options to choose from is a feat in and of itself. Penny made it back to the majors in 2014 after sitting out the 2013 season but posted an ugly 6.58 ERA over eight appearances. He'll have to settle for a minor league deal. Rotoworld.com
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    • Anthony Varvaro designated for assignment
      Braves designated RHP Anthony Varvaro for assignment.

      Advice: It's a surprise move given Varvaro's 2.99 ERA over 153 relief appearances for the Braves over the last four seasons, including a 2.63 mark last year. The right-hander will either be claimed off waivers or traded. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:48 pm
    • Braves to DFA reliever Anthony Varvaro
      MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that the Braves plan to designate Anthony Varvaro for assignment when their deal with Alberto Callaspo becomes official.

      Advice: Varvaro, 30, holds a 2.99 ERA over 153 relief appearances for the Braves over the last four seasons, so he figures to draw some interest on waivers. He posted a 2.63 mark with 50 strikeouts over 54 2/3 frames last season. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:15 pm
    • Cardinals maintain they're not in on Scherzer
      Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Cardinals are not active suitors for Max Scherzer.

      Advice: It's not the first time the team has openly denied interest in the pitcher, but they continue to be linked to him. That's likely due in large part to the fact that Scherzer went to Parkway Central High School in the St. Louis area, making the Cardinals a potential homecoming for the 30-year-old. Despite the Cardinals' disinterest, Scherzer has no shortage of suitors around the league. Rotoworld.com
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    • Padres make one-year offer to Brandon Morrow
      Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Padres have made a one-year incentive-laden offer to free agent hurler Brandon Morrow.

      Advice: If there was ever a perfect place for Morrow to spend a season and attempt to rebuild his value, the friendly confines of Petco Park would certainly be it. The 30-year-old has dealt with a wide array of injuries the past few years, logging only 87 2/3 innings the past two seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:31 pm
    • Tigers GM says not actively pursuing Scherzer
      Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said Thursday that he is not in "active pursuit" of Max Scherzer.

      Advice: The Tigers traded Rick Porcello to the Red Sox on Thursday morning, leaving some to speculate that Detroit's front office was clearing space for a run at re-signing Max Scherzer. But then Dombrowski and Co. quickly snatched Alfredo Simon away from the Reds. Maybe they truly are all set. Scherzer isn't expected to sign until later in the offseason and will likely command around $200 million. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:16 am
       
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    • McCarthy to get 4 years, $48M from Dodgers
      FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that Brandon McCarthy's new four-year deal with the Dodgers will be worth $48 million.

      Advice: That's precisely what McCarthy was believed to be looking for. He probably could have done better than $12 million per year on a two-year deal, but a long-term contract was a priority. The 31-year-old right-hander finished strong in 2014, posting a 2.89 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 82/13 K/BB ratio in 90 1/3 innings after a mid-season trade that sent him from Arizona to New York. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:15 pm
    • Report: Dodgers nearing deal with McCarthy
      Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports the Dodgers are close to a four-year deal with free agent Brandon McCarthy.

      Advice: The Dodgers dealt Dan Haren to the Marlins just a few hours prior to the report, and it appears they're moving quickly to fill the rotation spot he vacated. McCarthy was very good after a mid-season trade to the Yankees, owning a 2.89 ERA and 82/13 K/BB ratio over 90 innings. It's unclear if the McCarthy signing will preclude the Dodgers from getting involved with James Shields or other free agent starters. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:28 pm
    • Report: Giants and Red Sox meet with Shields
      Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports the Giants and Red Sox met with James Shields on Wednesday.

      Advice: Shields' market has begun to pick up in the wake of the Jon Lester signing. The free agent met with the Rangers over the weekend, and now two more suitors have emerged. The 32-year-old is also believed to be a fit on the Dodgers if they're able to move Matt Kemp in the coming days. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:16 pm
       
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    • Report: TEX met with Shields last weekend
      According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Rangers met with James Shields last weekend.

      Advice: Cotillo says the Rangers are "expected to be serious contenders to sign the right-hander." Shields' market should begin to develop in haste now that Jon Lester has settled with the Cubs on a six-year, $155 million free agent contract. The 32-year-old Shields will likely be seeking a deal worth more than $100 million. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:34 pm
       
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    • Kevin Jepsen in play in trades
      Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com writes that reliever Kevin Jepsen is "in play" in potential trades.

      Advice: The Angels are searching for a middle infielder at the moment, so one wonders if Jepsen will be dealt as part of the return. The 30-year-old is out of options going into 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:03 pm
    • Report: Two owners met with Scherzer's agent
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that two unidentified team owners flew to the Winter Meetings in San Diego to meet with Max Schezer's agent Scott Boras on Tuesday.

      Advice: Now that Jon Lester has decided to sign with the Cubs, the market for Scherzer should begin to heat up. The losers for Lester (Dodgers, Red Sox, Giants) could all be possibilities while Heyman mentions the Yankees and Cardinals among the other potential suitors. ESPN's Buster Olney reported Tuesday that the Tigers were prepared to spend big money to bring back Scherzer, but that was later shot down by GM Dave Dombrowski. Scherzer is reportedly looking for a contract north of $200 million. Rotoworld.com
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    • Morosi: Scherzer looking for $200+ million
      FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that Max Scherzer is looking for a contract in excess of $200 million.

      Advice: It's not surprising that he'd ask for that kind of dough. After all, he went on to have another terrific season after rejecting a $144 million extension offer from the Tigers last spring. Whether Scherzer is able to get that large of a contract remains to be seen. The common thought is that he'll get the biggest deal of any pitcher this winter, but over $200 million would be significantly higher than the numbers being thrown out for Jon Lester. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:00 pm
       
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    • Dombrowski shoots down Max Scherzer report
      Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that a report saying the Tigers were prepared to spend "big, big dollars" on Max Scherzer was "not accurate."

      Advice: "I can 100 percent guarantee you that our situation has not changed whatsoever," Dombrowski added. The report earlier Tuesday was from ESPN's Buster Olney, who is quite trustworthy. Dombrowski seemed adamant in his stance, but it's the rumor season so it's anyone's guess as to how far the Tigers might be willing to go to keep Scherzer. The righty rejected a $144 million extension offer from Detroit last spring. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:55 pm
       
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    • Tigers ready to spend big to retain Scherzer
      ESPN's Buster Olney writes that the Tigers' primary focus "is on retaining Max Scherzer."

      Advice: Olney adds that the Detroit front office is "prepared to spend big, big dollars" to lock up the free agent right-hander. Scherzer's market should begin to develop once Jon Lester settles on a team. The Red Sox, Yankees, Dodgers, Nationals, Phillies, Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, and Blue Jays are among the other deep-pocketed teams that could be ready to line up bids. The money is going to get outrageous. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:41 am
       
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    • Morrow drawng interest as a starter
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that right-hander Brandon Morrow is drawing interest as a starting pitcher.

      Advice: Injuries have limited the 30-year-old Morrow to just 87 2/3 innings over the past two seasons. He still has plenty of upside if healthy, but it's hard to count on him. He'll likely have to settle for an incentive-laden contract. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:26 pm
    • Cardinals have considered run at Scherzer
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman writes that the Cardinals "have apparently at least considered" making a run at free agent right-hander Max Scherzer.

      Advice: Heyman hears that the Cardinals met at some point on Scherzer and that a couple of the team's players or former players have called to recruit him. The free agent right-hander is from Missouri, so they have that going for him, but his price tag could approach $200 million. They'll likely get priced out of the mix. His market should come into clearer focus after Jon Lester makes a decision on where to sign. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 8, 11:16 am
       
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    • Halos could go after Shields or Scherzer
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Angels could make a run at James Shields or Max Scherzer if they're able to trade C.J. Wilson.

      Advice: Heyman says Wilson has "seemed to lose favor from some quarters of the organization," which could lead to him being dealt and the Halos then signing a rotation upgrade. Scherzer is undoubtedly going to be more expensive, though there's a good chance Shields could also require a contract in excess of $100 million. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 7, 9:06 am
       
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    • Red Sox could make a run at Max Scherzer
      Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox will "more aggressively" pursue Max Scherzer if they lose out on Jon Lester.

      Advice: Lester is obviously at the top of the Red Sox' list, but they'll have to consider other options if the left-hander chooses to sign elsewhere. Scherzer will likely be a bit more expensive and will also cost the team that signs him a draft pick. Lauber has been told by industry insiders that, in addition to the Red Sox, the Yankees, Dodgers, Nationals, Tigers, Phillies, Cardinals, Cubs, White Sox, Giants and Blue Jays will "take a long, serious look" at Scherzer. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 7, 8:35 am
       
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